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Day Eighty Three

Friday, November 29, 2013

I woke up this morning to the sound of a pretty heavy rain and decided maybe it would be wise to get a little more rest.  I shut off the alarms and didn’t get out of bed until 7.  Hobbling around the kitchen making breakfast I made the further decision to take the day off today and just heal.  We had some heavy rain on and off all morning, so that worked out OK.  Watched a movie with my kids, did a tiny bit of Black Friday shopping, baked a cake and took Ben out for Thai food.  A good recovery day, but will it be enough?  I need to do whatever I can to give myself a shot at finishing that race on Sunday. I’m not planning on anything more than an easy ride for tomorrow.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Chili Beans and Sauteed Greens
  • Lunch:
    • Green Salad with Bell Pepper, Chick Peas and Tahini Dressing
  • Dinner:
    • Fried Won Tons / Vegetable Egg Rolls
    • Tofu and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
    • Brown Rice
    • Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
    • Glass of Cabernet x2

It was my son Benjamin’s 24th birthday today.  He wanted to go to a “Hole in the Wall Thai Food Place” for dinner, so we went to Grandma’s Thai Kitchen.  One of the many places within a couple of miles of here that I’d never been too.  It was spot on.  The Tofu and Broccoli was excellent as were the appetizers.  Between that meal and the birthday cake ( and the sampling of the cake and frosting during assembly )  I am totally stuffed again for the 2nd day in a row.  I’ve also consumed more sugar in the past two days than in the previous 2 months.  It could be an ironic end to the challenge with Thanksgiving weekend and a business trip to Texas to finish it.

What the hell, when I started this thing it wasn’t too prove anything in particular except that I could do it and see what would happen.  Not only have I just about done it, but I’ve been transformed more than expected during the process.  More about that upon reflection in a few days.

 

 

 

 

Day Eighty Two

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving day.  The plan for the morning was to get in a short ride, then run a few miles.  The last run before the half marathon on Sunday.  The ride was short and not strenous, just up and over Sepulveda and back.  I did experience a few unusual twinges of pain, but nothing that seemed terribly disturbing.  When I set out on the run, I did not know if I was going to make it the first block.  My ass hurt so bad I could barely move my legs.  Seriously my right glute is complaining loudly.  That’s got to be as a result of overcompensating for the lower back pain I had after the crash.  There are a number of things going on with my left leg, also from overcompensating, in this case for the knee that got yanked out of place.  I feel like I’m falling apart!

I need to get through these injuries and I suppose running my first half is not the best way to do that, but if I can be just a little bit stronger by Sunday…

The question is what to do tomorrow? Sixty miles with Cycle World? (Plus there and back, make it 80)  They have a good route planned, only one significant climb (up Stunt), but would it help or hurt y preparations for Sunday? I really don’t have a clue.  This cross training stuff is all new to me.  Endurance running is all new to me, to be honest.

Nothing to be done but see how I feel in the morning.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • The Real Deal Oatmeal
    • Banana
  • Post Workouts:
    • Green Smoothie
    • Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
  • Lunch:
    • Pinto Beans, Chips, Salsa, Guacamole
  • Dinner:
    • Fat Tire Beer (2)
    • Cheese Enchiladas
    • Black Beans
    • Mexican Beet Salad
    • Chips, Salsa, Guacamole
    • Green Salad with Tahini Dressing
    • Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
    • Glass of Cabernet

Not a turkey in sight, but I still managed to overdo it quite nicely today.  It was the pie that was truly my downfall.  I’m thinking of having another small piece right now…I haven’t felt this stuffed in months.  It’s not that pleasant.

No shortage of carbs, that’s for sure so I should be up for just about anything tomorrow, though I may have to haul an extra pound or two.

I have no clue what we are eating for the rest of the weekend.  Tomorrow is Bens’ birthday and there is not telling what he might like.
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Day Eighty One

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

No lunch ride today.  Too much going on at the office, it was a short day and I didn’t want to put any extra pressure on the knee.  I really want to run the half on Sunday and I’m going to be feeling my way through training for the next three days.  I want to get in a short run tomorrow morning and maybe a short ride before I spend a few hours cooking.  It’s going to be a great day.

Friday there is a good Cycle World ride going out to Westlake and then climbing and descending Stunt Road.  That would give me about 80 miles on the day.  Also a chance to try climbing Stunt out of the saddle and I wonder if Armando will be there? Follow that with an easy ride on Saturday and I should be primed for race day.  That’s the plan, let’s see how it goes, shall we?

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Ful Medammes
    • Sauteed spinach and kale
  • Lunch:
    • Bean salad
    • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Dinner:
    • Broccoli, Cauliflower and Hummus
    • ‘Oriental’ Barley and Veggie Lettuce Wraps
    • Vegetable Egg Roll
    • Green Salad with Tahini Dressing
    • Glass of Cabernet

I Improvised the filling for lettuce wraps – I’ve made these many times with chicken and they were always pretty popular, so I was a little concerned about how they would go over, but it worked!  Even Annette took 2nds.

My oldest son arrived at Burbank Airport for Thanksgiving weekend tonight so to save some time and round out the meal I also picked up some frozen Chung King Egg Rolls; both vegetable and chicken.  Most of the chicken got thrown out and everyone was wishing we had more vegetable.  Score two points for vegetarian velo guy tonight.

 

 

 

 

Day Eighty

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A short run tonight.  I am still moving so slow.  For reasons that are painfully obvious, to me anyway, while I’m running.  Reasons that are nonetheless frustrating.  But hey, I did it and it still didn’t kill me.

As usual, a couple of hours post-run, the knee feels pretty good.  Question is how will it feel when I stand up out of bed in the morning?  There is also something still nagging in my lower back / right glute that gets a little better after a mile or so but it makes me slow.  I’m expecting that will all go away by Sunday and I’ll smoke the course.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Ful Madammes
    • Green salad with salsa
  • Lunch:
    • Bean Salad
    • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Dinner:
    • Bell Pepper and Hummis
    • Whole Wheat Farfalle with Artichokes al Cartoccio
    • Green salad with Tahini dressing
    • Crusty Garlic Bread
    • Glass of Cabernet

I ran out of Spinach and sauteed salad didn’t sound that appealing this morning, but the salad and salsa worked very nicely with the Ful.  Tomorrow it’s back to the saute though. That combination is hard to beat.

The pasta tonight was a recipe from Vegetarian Times magazine which I picked up for the first time at CVS of all places last weekend.  Basically pasta en Pappilote with artichokes and olives and tomatoes.  And Ricotta, but not too much.  Of course, I thought it was pretty tasty.  Other reviews were mixed.  Leftover crusty bread with olive oil, broiled and rubbed with garlic adds up to a lot of carbohydrate.  Hey, I did run today, even if it was short.

I keep wondering how I should be eating to prepare for the half on Sunday, but I think the normal excess and relaxation of rules for the holiday will supply enough extra carbs to fuel me up for Sunday.

Next week is a business trip to Houston, TX.  I’m hopeful I can manage to avoid eating meat for the three days I’m there, but there will be other significant attacks on my current diet M.O., beer most certainly prominent among them, also lunches at the plant?

Houston in general is fairly foodie and happycow.net has a lot of listings, so left to my own devices, I expect that I would do fine.  Being entertained by Texans?  That could make it interesting.

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Day Seventy Nine

Monday, November 25, 2013

It was tough getting out of bed and off to work today.  Honestly, it was tough just getting out of bed.  After a night of sleep, I wasn’t sure my knee was going to carry me across the room to the closet.  It did, and it got easier from there.  I went light on the workout this morning and moved pretty slowly for the first hour of consciousness, but the knee was feeling much stronger by the time I got on the bike and headed for the office.

It was chilly this morning, too – in the upper 40’s but sunny, just barely knee warmer, vest and gloves with fingers weather.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Ful Medammes
    • Sauteed spinach and kale
  • Lunch:
    • Bean salad
    • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Dinner:
    • Bell Pepper and Hummus
    • Greek Veggie Pita Sandwich
    • Green Salad with Tahini Dressing
    • Glass of Cabernet

My wife asked tonight at dinner “When are the ninety days over?”.  Personally, it’s a little hard to believe that it’s only about ten more days.  A lot has happened, a lot has changed, but it seems like just a couple of weeks ago I was saying “I can’t imagine ever really going completely vegetarian”.

I don’t want to buy and prepare meat.  I don’t want to consume dairy, but I’m still eating some of that, mostly to preserve domestic tranquility, and if I have to put some meat in the refrigerator for the same reason, I will have to figure that out somehow.

I do miss eggs sometimes.  I really grew fond of poached eggs over the past couple of years and I’ve always liked fried eggs, scrambled eggs and omelets, but I’ve been getting along just fine without them.  Truth is I’ve been able to incorporate a lot of foods in my private meals ( breakfast, lunch ) that I always wanted more of before anyway – beans, peppers, spice, corn, squash.

I kind of freak out now when I see cholesterol listed on a nutrition label. “Cholesterol! Holy Crap! How did that get in there?!?” It’s usually from eggs, milk or butter – oh, yeah.

I’m excited about a big bag of fresh from the garden beets sitting in my kitchen right now that I was given by a friend today.  I can share those with Jake this week, maybe Ben, too?  Beets and Enchiladas for Thanksgiving?  Why not.  Note: I just Googled “Mexican Beets” and I bookmarked a few interesting side dish ideas”

 

 

 

 

Day Seventy Eight

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I set out on the run this morning.  My left knee is still a little tender, would the pain force me to walk after a mile or two?  I didn’t run all week, would something else blow out?  Would my legs just give up?  Would I bonk from a lack of carbs this week?

None of that happened and I made it.  Really slow, but that’s what a long run is supposed to be, isn’t it? Embarrassingly slow.  And that’s how it felt, but I got it done and I feel better for it.

Running is hard.  But it’s slowly starting to make sense.  The things that plagued me in the beginning – shins, feet, ankles – none of those are a problem anymore and I do believe the knee would be fine were it not for last week’s accident.  I’m definitely adapting.

Fingers crossed I don’t regret this run in the morning, I can get some more in on Tuesday and Thursday and complete my first half marathon one week from now.  Tuesday should be a short, quick run.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • The Real Deal Oatmeal
  • Lunch:
    • Post Run Green Smoothie – Spinach, Kale, Melon, Blueberry, Hemp Protein Powder
    • Curried Tofu w / Brown Rice, Roasted Carrots and Kombucha Squash
  • Dinner:
    • Bell Pepper and Hummis
    • Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Onions
    • Glass of Cabernet

Oatmeal, rice and fruit – decidedly not a ‘slow carb’ day. Back to that tomorrow.

The Spaghetti Squash was pretty good.  First time I have ever cooked it. Or eaten it.  Worth further experimentation.  Jake liked it but she mostly liked the sauce.  Annette wanted to like it…Thanksgiving week, here we come.

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Day Seventy Seven

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Felt good to get in a halfway decent ride this morning.  Not too taxing, just a loop around the valley for two and a half hours, no real climbing.  It was hard work though – not enough carbs in the system?   You’d think yesterday’s mango cheesecake and calzones would have topped me off.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Spicy Lentil Dahl
    • Sauteed spinach and kale
  • Lunch:
    • Green Smoothie (post ride) – Spinach, Kale, Strawberries, Blackberries, Hemp Protein Powder
    • Curried Tofu, roasted carrots and squash, brown rice
    • Grapefruit Juice
  • Snack:
    • Apple and Peanut Butter
    • Pretzels and Hummus
  • Dinner (Birthday Party):
    • Quinoa and Arugula Salad
    • Potato Salad
    • 3 Beers
    • A bunch of sugar – brownies, cookies, a cupcake

A sugar binge day, for sure.  We shall see how that works  out in 48 hours or so.  I do like what the slo carb week was doing.  This is not a sustainable diet, not when training seriously for endurance sports, you have to pour in more carbs.  But for short term course correction and trimming stubborn fat I think it has real potential.  I also think it’s going to be very difficult to do at dinner and not have the rest of my family move out on me, so there will be some compromising next week.  A bit like the first week – hard core for breakfast and lunch, but with some added carbs in the evening.  I still think I can get some good results.

 

 

 

Day Seventy Six

Friday, November 22, 2013

Just commuting today.

I put on my running shoes when I got home tonight and headed out the door, but I only ran a few tentative steps before deciding it was still too soon.  I just can’t risk really blowing out that knee and having to put off the running even longer.  It would be worth it to sacrifice the half marathon in favor of the long range training for L.A.

I had my annual checkup today at Kaiser.  Doctors.  I like my Doctor, but he told me that he thought maybe I should eat more and try to put some weight on, especially if I’m going to run a marathon.  I can’t believe he doesn’t get it.  Has he ever seen a serious marathoner? Has he ever climbed Piuma road with a fast group?  I don’t need to weigh a whole lot less, but I don’t need to weigh a whole lot more, either.  I just want to trade a little more fat for muscle.  I still have a gutlet.  No visible evidence of abdominal musculature.

I am very interested to see the results of the lab work.

Stats for the week:

Weight: 132.6
Body Fat: 11.3%
Water: 62.4%
Resting Heart Rate: 40

So those are going the right direction again.  Cool.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Spicy Lentil Dahl
    • Sauteed Spinach and Kale
  • Lunch:
    • Bean Salad, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes
    • Birthday Cake!!!
  • Dinner:
    • Bell Pepper and Hummis
    • Olive and Onion Calzone
    • Glass of Cabernet

I did not have a terribly adherent record on my first week of the Vegan Slo Carb experiment.  To be honest, it’s a few magnitudes of change I’ve made to my diet philosophy in just a few weeks and dinners are the hardest because I do not want my family to all start fending for themselves.  I’m sure I can do better than Calzones, but it’s going to take some time.

The November birthday cake was Mango Cheesecake.  It was fantastic.

So that’s pretty much a cheat day right there, but I’m going to have another tomorrow.

And I see improvement in the metrics this week.

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Day Seventy Five

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I took the whole day off from aerobics today – the rain was coming down this morning so I accepted a ride to work and I’m taking one more day off from running.

Did the usual Thursday morning workout plus some headstands, air squats, wall presses and pull ups tonight.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Spicy Lentil Dahl
    • Sauteed spinach and kale
  • Lunch:
    • Green Salad with Salsa and Guacamole
  • Dinner:
    • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
    • Roast Kabocha Squash
    • Green Salad with Tahini Dressing
    • Big glass of Cabernet

Lunch was El Pollo Loco brought in for a meeting today.  And there were no beans on the menu.  I was looking forward to a big plate of beans, salsa and guacamole and hoping their would be some salad as well.  Turns out there was just salad, no beans. Crap.  I survived it.  Someone also asked “Don’t you like churros?”, I said “Of course I like churros”, but I didn’t eat one.

The Quinoa tonight is not technically allowed on the official “Slo Carb” diet, but this is my experiment and I’m trying to invent a proper vegan interpretation and trying to feed my family at the same time.  Breakfast and lunch are fairly dialed at this point.  Some nights dinner is going to be more genuinely slow than others. Sometimes more vegan.

That was a nearly vegan day today, but there was a little cheese tossed in with the salad.

I hope the weather is conducive to a lunch ride tomorrow.  It’s birthday cake day and I know I’m eating a piece.  Saturday night we have an actual birthday party to go to, so that’s going to be my official cheat day, but I’ll try to be restrained during the day, particularly since it’s the first week of the Slo experiment…and that cake tomorrow, of course.  Long bike ride Saturday, long run Sunday will help with damage control.

 

 

Day Seventy Four

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Long hard day, late night, short post.  Still no running tonight.

I left the office late, rode home in the rain and my knee is still feeling a little too tender.

Missed out on a lunch ride today too due to meeting schedules and other workplace drama.

Also, my bike headlight is not working properly – the battery has been barely lasting for the ride home lately, but now the light will only stay on for a few seconds.  Not acceptable.  I’m going to have to manage to get to the bike shop after work tomorrow.  I really need to get a run in, too and then still make dinner.  Another challenging day, that’s all.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast
    • Ful Medames
    • Sauteed Spinach and Kale
  • Lunch:
    • Bean Salad, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Dinner:
    • Broccoli, Cauliflower and Hummis
    • Creamy Tomato Soup
    • Glass of Cabernet

The tomato soup recipe was from Veganomicon and turned out well.  Annette even liked it – she ate almost half a bowl full!  I finished off the Ful at breakfast today so I made some Dahl tonight – “Spicy Indian Dahl” from Allrecipes.com.  I’m looking forward to that in the morning.

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